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World-wide, Live Webcast

With Jim Lynn and Dr. David Stewart

Tuesday, June 12th, 8 pm Central

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God’s Healing Word ministry invites you to join us for a world-wide, live Webcast this coming June 12th. Dr. David Stewart and Jim Lynn will discuss “Essential Oil and Healing From a Christian Perspective.”There is no cost and you can join in via the Webcast or by phone.

Here are the particulars:Topic: Essential Oil and Healing From a Christian Perspective
Format: Simulcast! (Attend via Phone or Webcast — your choice)
Date: Tuesday, June 12th

Time: 8 pm Central
Cost: None
Registration: http://GodsHealingWord.org/Registration.htmlSubmit questions to David and Jim. They will answer your questions during the Webcast.

Replay available if registered prior to event. This is especially useful for those unable to attend the live event.

Register online at: http://GodsHealingWord.org/Registration.html

Many Blessings,

Jim Lynn

God’s Healing Word Ministry

http://godshealingword.org/

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One of the problems modern readers have in understanding events as the Bible relates them is the Bible’s tendency toward brevity. For instance, there is an episode found in Numbers 16: 46-50 where Aaron stops the advance of a plague with incense. But the account is so briefly stated, it leaves readers wondering. It states:

“Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your senser and put
incense in it, along with fire from the alter, and
hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them.
Wrath has come out from the Lord; the plague has
started.”
So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst
of the assembly to make atonement for them. The
plague had already started among the people, but
Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for
them.

He stood between the living and the dead, and the
plague stopped.

But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition
to those who had died because of Korah.

Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to
the Tent of Meeting, for the plague had stopped.”
– Numbers 16:46-50 (NIV)

Whenever I ask students in my classes how much real time do they suppose transpired between verse 46 and 50, the usual response is 30 minutes to an hour…A short time.

But what if the time had actually been much longer, say over a period of a week or several weeks? How would that change our understanding of the event. How would that change our understanding of what it was exactly that Aaron was doing during this time?

To understand why a much longer period of time was probable, we need to digress and look at an unrelated event recorded in Acts 12:21-23. The writer of Acts (most likely Luke) states that an angel of the Lord “immediately” struck Herod down, “and he (Herod) was eaten by worms and died.”

I had always envisioned Herod’s death as being somewhat immediate, but this wasn’t so. It wasn’t until I read the same account in a secular historical text written by Josephus, the first century historian, that I learned Herod’s death actually took five days (See Antiquity of the Jews, XIX, Ch. 8, Para 2).

Does Josephus’s account negate Luke’s account? Not in the least. Luke was more interested in why Herod was struck down, rather than in how long it took for him to die. Josephus was more interested in Herod’s suffering…He suffered horribly during those five days, by the way. Now go back to the plague account found in Numbers 16.

While God may have allowed the plague to begin, the disease itself was not supernatural, but natural. There is nothing to indicate otherwise, and this is important. Bible scholars interpreting scripture follow what is called the rule of language. The rule dictates that names, events, and places must always be considered as being literal, unless they cannot possibly be, in which case they are interpreted as being figurative.

Because 14,700 people died and Aaron intervened, we can reasonably assume two things. One that the plague was very real. And two, that fumigation played a major role in stopping it…All very realistic and certainly within the realm of being possible. The problem for us in understanding what exactly happened lies with the brevity of the account.

A transliteration from the Hebrew text of the latter part of verse 47 helps us to understand what exactly happened more clearly. it reads:

“He (Aaron) went into the midst of the people and
distributed (or applied, or brought forth) incense.”

The word “incense” used here “qetoreth,” pronounced “ket-o-reth,” literally means fumigation.

An exegesis of the words “stood between” in verse 48 tells us that Aaron was employed to remain (to dwell) with the people. Based on verses 47 and 48, we can reasonably assume Aaron literally went forth from family to family burning incense, fumigating each person and tent as he went.

Because we can reason that the plague was real and that there were over two million people involved (only men were counted…Numbers 1:44-46), it would had have taken quite some time for Aaron to physically complete his assignment by Moses. Such a large number of people would have required several days or even weeks to fumigate, and would have required a large amount of incense to be on hand.

Biblical and Talmudic formulas for this particular incense included three varieties of cinnamon, all of which are known today for their anti-infectious, anti-bacterial qualities. Other ingredients included a myrrh-related spice known for its anti-viral and infectious qualities (Exodus 30:34ff).

The smoke (the substance) of this Holy incense would have filled the air in and around the camp, and be inhaled by both the sick and the healthy. 14,700 people were killed before the plague was stopped, but it worked. It would be several thousand more years before modern man discovers the healing power of inhaling these same natural substances.

Today we know by inhaling these substances through diffusion they go first to glands located next to the brain, then to the lungs. From there these living substances enter the blood stream killing life-threatening pathogens wherever they are encountered on contact.

Today these substances are typically distilled from plants and come to us in the form of essential oils. Properly produced, essential oils are the most potent healing substances known to modern science. Not even man-made drugs can surpass their anti-infectious, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic qualities.

Whereas man-made drugs are toxic and often times lethal, killing thousands every year, essential oils are harmless, having few contraindications. They have been with man since the beginning, and continue to serve man today.

Maybe this is why the Aposlte James wrote:

“Is any one of you sick? He should call upon the elders of the
church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name
of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick
person well…”
– James 5:14-15

The more one studies the Bible, the more one comes away with the knowledge that God has provided for our well-being in all things, including our body.

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Many Christians familiar with essential oils (known also as healing oils) know they were used to anoint both the Tent of Meeting in Old Testament Scripture (Exodus 30:22-ff), and Jesus Christ (John 12:1-8). However, few Christians are aware of the implications of those two events as they relate to:

1. James’ exhortation to anoint the sick with oil (James 5:14).
2. The role of essential oils in the healing ministry today.

The Christian Church is the Body of Christ (Ephesians 5:29-30). Individual Christians within the Church are physical members of Christ’s Body (I Corinthians 6:15).

Historically, the Tent of Meeting of the Old Testament served as a type, a pattern or as a shadow of the real Church to come (Hebrews 10:1). So when God gave instructions to anoint the Tent of Meeting with essential oil, He was in effect giving instruction to anoint the Body of Christ.

When Mary anointed Jesus years later, she physically anointed the real thing, what Old Testament priests could only symbolically anoint: The forerunner of Christ’s Body.

Under Old Testament law, no layperson could touch the oil used for anointing the Tent of Meeting, for it was sacred. Yet here is Mary, a layperson, anointing Jesus with a whole jar of precious oil and wiping His oil soaked feet with her hair. It was Mary’s way of honoring or blessing Jesus for raising her dead brother from the grave. However, in God’s eye’s, there is much more to Mary’s act than what many Christians realize (John 12:7).

What Mary did she did for herself, but God used the occasion to enjoin (bless) man’s flesh with the flesh of His own Son: Something that had not happened previously. Mary’s anointing of Jesus bonds all of humanity to the ultimate sacrifice Jesus Christ paid for our physical and spiritual healing (Isaiah 53:4-5).

God stipulated healing oils be used in the Tent of Meeting because they are ordained (Exodus 30:25) to be the natural counterpoint of Christ’s divine healing ministry (Acts 10:38).

Israel (Jacob) called essential oils as some of the “best products of the land” (Genesis 43:11). And rightfully so. For they were valued for their natural healing qualities.

When Jesus, centuries later, received Mary’s anointing of healing oil, He confirmed the sacred healing role essential oils hold for us today (John 12:7). This is why Essential oils are the ordained (blessed) physical counterpart of Christ’s healing Body.

Whether people accept or reject the above account and their meaning is unimportant to this report. What is important is for people who use essential oils to understand why they were acknowledged in Holy Scripture, and set apart for use in the Disciples ministry of healing the sick (Mark 6:13; James 5:14).

God blessed essential oils and their use for healing, because these plant oils spiritually and physically bond mortal, corruptible human flesh to incorruptible, divine, eternal flesh in Jesus Christ. Essential oils serve as a reminder that it is God who is our Healer (Exodus 15:26).

Remember this truth and share it the next time you anoint a loved one with oils. People need to hear this story for edification, and to understand why it is anointing with essential oil is blessed of God for healing.

As always, please feel free to leave a comment.

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Jim Lynn is author of “The Miracle of Healing In Your Church Today,”
Trafford Publishing, ISBN 1-55369-206-3, Available in paper back at: http://www.trafford.com
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